Thanet District Council

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Disabled woman in hillside home row

Caitlin Webb

Local Democracy Reporter

A disabled woman was refused a spot on a council’s housing register despite being housebound because her home is not wheelchair accessible.

Thanet District Council dismissed an application by a mother and her disabled daughter for a new home, saying their hilly neighbourhood “would not constitute a need to move”.

The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) found the council failed to take into account letters sent by the disabled daughter’s GP and ruled the authority was “at fault”.

A report said the daughter was unable to push herself in a wheelchair and the mother had significant mental health problems and both wanted to move nearer other family members for help.

Following the LGO decision, the council accepted the findings and put the pair, who have not been named, on the housing register.

A council spokesman said: "We have completed the specific actions recommended.”

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Council HQ 'not fit for purpose'

Dean Kilpatrick

Local Democracy Reporter

Thanet District Council is set to spend £3 million on refurbishing its headquarters - or find somewhere else to call home.

The council's Conservative leader Bob Bayford said the authority's main office in Cecil Street, Margate was not "fit-for-purpose" and money had been allocated to implement whatever decision is made.

He told councillors on Thursday: "The point has been made elsewhere that if we tried to rent this building out in its current state, we probably couldn't because it doesn't comply with all the rules and regulations such as energy efficiency and so on.

"We are going to be appraising what the right thing to do is - that could be a move, or it could be a refurbishment of this building.

"It's far too big for us, so it seems a prudent move we should be looking to change that."

Thanet District Council office in Margate
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Meanwhile, the authority has also committed to develop a Port of Ramsgate masterplan.

Funding for the Port of Ramsgate which was at the centre of a row over a no-deal-Brexit ferry contract has been axed as part of the authority's 2019/20 budget.

Ian Gregory, cabinet member for financial services and estates, said: "As the hopes for a ferry service from Ramsgate have faded, we should now be looking to develop a masterplan for the Ramsgate port and harbour."